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Peculiar People Talks

Camp 2019

David Starling, lecturer and head of Theology @ Morling College, spoke at the Church Camp retreat. See the talks below. ...

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Peculiar People

Camp 2019

The word 'peculiar', in common usage, means, 'different to what is normal or expected; strange'. So, wearing a clown suit on a commuter train that's peculiar. Planning a romantic weekend getaway in Bankstown that's peculiar. Writing a novel with a crayon that's really peculiar. This year's church camp theme is 'Peculiar People' because Christians are supposed to be p...

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Getting out of our Comfort Zones

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When Oscar Muriu came and preached to us about getting out of our comfort zones, I had no idea the impact, this sermon would have on me. A few things resonated within my spirit. I know I'm not the only one who was ministered to that day. I've had several conversations with people here who have felt that we must somehow take seriously what God may be saying to us through ...

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Baptisms at Penno

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This July, two young men from our congregration committed their lives to the Lord and as a statement to this faith, they underwent Baptism at Church. ...

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Bouncing or Bearing

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The following devotion from Matthew Jacoby challenges my 'bouncing ball' personality. 'A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger' (Proverbs 15:1). Conflict is like one of those very bouncy bouncing balls. Every time it hits a hard surface it is propelled back up in the air. Likewise, conflict is perpetuated by hard hearts and anger bounces back ...

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Listen to Your Heart?

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When life is a struggle and dreams hang in the breeze, when you're not sure what's next and long for a hopeful tomorrow, what should you do? The mantra of our culture is clear. 'Listen to your heart. Be true to yourself and go wherever your heart should lead'. Celebrities tell us it's true. 'The Voice' affirms it. Disney has built an industry on this message. And pop psy...

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Israel Folau and Religious Freedom

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Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Glenn Davies, this week issued a statement on theIsrael Folau furore that has swamped media coverage over past weeks. I quote in part: "Israel Folau's right to express his faith and act according to his conscience is of fundamental importance in any democracy, and it is of great concern to many Australians that this right is being denied a...

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